2 to 3 years
Children are able to join our Nursery from the age of 2 provided they will be turning 3 by the 31st August of that academic year. This is because we need to keep the children in their correct academic year group when they enter Kindergarten the following September and then full time school in Reception the following year.
Our Nursery team have a combined experience of over 30 years working with small children and every effort is made to ensure that the children feel comfortable in their new environment.
Children start in Nursery with a minimum of four sessions per week. However, we work closely with parents to ensure the child is able to cope with the number of chosen sessions and parents have a choice in selecting the sessions which suit their own requirements.
There is one full-time Nursery Teacher and two part-time Teaching Assistants. The Nursery staff also work closely with the Kindergarten staff and the children enjoy ‘free-flow’ time when both classes come together.
Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. At this stage a strong emphasis is put on social skills and children are encouraged and guided to mix with others, to share and take turns and gradually become more independent.
The children have access to the very best quality teaching staff and enjoy specialist lessons such as Music, P.E. and Forest School. We provide planned play, both outdoors and indoors, in a stimulating environment, with a balance of teacher directed and child-initiated activities. We use lots of praise, encouragement and above all, have fun.
The Nursery children participate in the annual Early Years Nativity performance, take part in the school’s Sports Day and at the end of the year perform their own class assembly.
Staff consistently feed back to parents about progress and more importantly, the child’s enjoyment of their session. Daily noticeboards inform parents about the activities which have occurred so they can share the events of the day. Staff also make use of Tapestry, an online profiling system to record and share with parents their child’s highlights.